OnePlus has an unenvious job each year when
it comes up with its mid-year refresh. The T models have to walk a thin line
between offering great functionality and an affordable price point. And this
time, with the lack of a Pro model, the 8T is the latest and greatest OnePlus
device you can buy. Although do bear in mind that the OnePlus 8 Pro is still
the flagship of the range.
It is easier to understand and review the
phone through the prism of what the manufacturer has chosen to exclude from the
last generation. In the case of the OnePlus 8T, the wireless charging from the
8 Pro is given a miss and so is the IP certification. Both these exclusions
however aren’t really that concerning. The 8T is positioned at a lower price
point after all.
The moment you hold the phone in your hand,
it is easy to see why OnePlus has found so much favour among buyers. Everything
from the materials, to the fit and finish is immaculate and certainly up there
with the very best. The design, although similar in layout to the OnePlus Nord
is refreshing to see for a OnePlus product in this price range. The curved
display thankfully has made way for a flat one, helping you avoid those
Internally, the OnePlus 8T is almost
identical to the 8 Series but features revolutionary 65W fast charging that can
charge it to 50 percent in 15 minutes and 100 percent in 39 minutes. The
6.55-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution (2400 x 1080)
itself is unchanged from the 8 series, delivering up to 1100 nits of brightness
in auto mode and HDR10+. And that’s understandable. It is one of the best
you'll find in this category, and has great contrast levels, vibrant colours
andgood levels of brightness for outdoor use.
The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 865
— just like the 8 and 8 Pro — and it has LPDDR4X RAM and a UFS 3.1 storage
module (for the first time on a OnePlus phone). Performance is incredible and
together with OnePlus’ effortlessly smooth UI, it feels lightning quick.
OnePlus has limited the number of changes
on the camera front with its mid-cycle T refresh and the 8T retains the same
48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor as the OnePlus 8. The OnePlus 8T gets new
lenses though: there's a 16MP wide-angle sensor that leverages the Sony IMX481.
You also get a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP monochrome lensthat’s almost hidden in
the filters. Despite the old hardware, the cameras produce decent images given
enough light and offer nice levels of colour accuracy and sharpness. The
cameras do struggle in low light though.
The OnePlus 8T is a great overall phone and
packs in incredible amounts of functionality at a price that is hard to say no
to. And with OnePlus’ record when it comes to software updates and a strong
service network, you do have to go looking for reasons to decide against it.
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2020, October 14
2020, October 16
160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm
(6.33 x 2.92 x 0.33 in)
188 g (6.63 oz)
Glass front (Gorilla
Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM,
Fluid AMOLED, 120Hz,
6.55 inches, 103.6 cm2 (~87.0%
1080 x 2400 pixels,
20:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass
Android 11, OxygenOS
Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz
Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB
48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm
(wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
16 MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 123° (ultrawide), 1/3.6", 1.0µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Dual-LED flash, HDR,
1080p@30/60/240fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS
16 MP, f/2.4, (wide),
Yes, with stereo
a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Yes, with dual-band
A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, SBAS
USB Type-C 3.1, USB
display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer (market
Li-Po 4500 mAh,
Fast charging 65W,
100% in 39 min (advertised)
Lunar Silver, Cyberpunk 2077 Edition
KB2001, KB2000, KB2003
??42,999 / $?539.00 / £?539.00 / €?594.01
AnTuTu: 58600 (v8)
GeekBench: 3126 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 46fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
Photo / Video
-24.0 LUFS (Very good)
Endurance rating 104h
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